|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Reports to||Training Principal|
|Grade/Salary||£21,500 per annum|
|Hours||35 hours per week|
Luton Law Centre, a member of the Law Centres Network, provides specialist, high quality legal advice, casework, and representation to residents who could not otherwise obtain it because of lack of means, in social welfare law.
Luton has four areas in the top 10% of the most deprived areas in England, with a high deprivation ranking (25th out of 317 local authorities) in the “Barriers to Housing and Services” category.
As Luton’s specialist Legal Advice Agency, we give professional, confidential legal advice and assistance in Housing, Community Care, and Immigration.
We focus on providing legal services to people who may be marginalised in society, or who are experiencing discrimination.
We offer detailed casework and representation for clients who are eligible for legal aid in Housing, Community Care, Immigration and Asylum. We also receive grant funding from Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation as part of the London Luton Airport Ltd Community Investment Fund, the Community Justice Fund and a number of charitable trusts. We hold the Lexcel Quality Mark.
For each area of law, we offer a free advice line twice a week. Anyone can phone us at these times to get immediate and free legal advice about housing issues, getting the right care and support at home, or about immigration and asylum matters.
Our aim is to discover the underlying cause of problems and take a holistic approach to solving those problems for both the client and the community.
We can’t solve all the problems through legal work, so we maintain a high level of awareness of the services available in the area and refer our clients to those services where appropriate for other specialist support.
Luton Law Centre strives for a just and equal society where everyone’s rights are valued and protected. We do this by providing legal support, services, information and education to the diverse communities of Luton and its surrounding areas. As a registered charity it is our purpose to alleviate poverty and to improve access to services.
We believe that human rights and equality before the law are the cornerstone of a fair and just society. Everyone has a right to equality before the law. This is only possible if every person can access high quality, independent and expert legal assistance, regardless of their means to challenge unjust laws and circumstances.
Dignity and respect
We believe people should be able to live in their communities with dignity and respect. We aim to be empathetic and honest at all times.
We recognise the specific circumstances of individuals or groups and tailor our services accordingly. We will always do what we can to create an environment of trust so that clients can understand their rights and engage in any legal processes that concern them.
We must be free to champion the rights of the most disadvantaged and should be directly accountable to local people.
A commitment to social justice
We respond to needs in the community by raising the awareness of human and legal rights, pursuing test cases, influencing social policy and campaigning for social justice. We believe in early intervention and prevention, where possible. We are committed to working with local people, pursuing their cases until a just outcome is achieved.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to PGilson@lutonlawcentre.org.uk
|Qualifications||Successful completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC)||✓|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Good understanding of social welfare law||✓|
|Understanding of and commitment to the provision of public funded legal services||✓|
|Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination principles and be able to apply them when dealing with colleagues and clients||✓|
|Knowledge of one or more of the law centre’s specialist areas of law||✓|
|Experience of conducting casework on behalf of clients||✓|
|Understanding of the impacts of cuts to legal aid on access to justice issues||✓|
|Knowledge and awareness of broader access to justice issues||✓|
|Understanding the issues affecting low-income communities as well as the needs of specific client groups||✓|
|Skills and Abilities||Good IT skills, including the ability to use the MS Office suite and case management software||✓|
|Excellent oral and written communication skills||✓|
|Ability to work under pressure, balance competing priorities and meet deadlines||✓|
|Ability to maintain recording systems and procedures||✓|
|Demonstrates active listening skills and is open to the views of others||✓|
|Ability to conduct casework, organise and maintain files||✓|
|General||Willingness to work in line with policies and procedures as set down in the Office Manual||✓|
|Willingness to share in routine tasks essential for the day-to-day running of the law centre||✓|
|Willingness to share expertise, support colleagues and contribute to a productive working environment||✓|
|Demonstrates integrity, honesty and flexibility||✓|
|Experience of complying with standards and procedures||✓|
|Experience of working in a not-for-profit organisation||✓|
|Experience of working as part of a team||✓|
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